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The Republic of the Philippines has been recognized as an independent state by the U.S. since 1946. Winrock’s legacy in the archipelago stretches almost as far — back to one of our predecessor organizations. The Agricultural Development Council, founded by John D. Rockefeller 3rd in 1954, awarded 99 graduate fellowships for agriculture and natural resource management research in the Philippines, more than any other country. More recently Winrock helped bring renewable energy to remote villages where more than 60 percent live below the poverty line and had been denied access to basic services like electricity. Winrock is currently working with smallholder farmers in Mindinao to establish a refrigerated supply chain to ensure products reach market fresh and appealing to consumers.